This shouldn't take much winning and AVENIR D'UNE VIE looks to have been found a good opportunity to make a successful debut as his dam won a similar race in France. De Plotting Shed was well supported on his debut between the flags at Oldcastle in April and probably would have won but for falling so he could be anything. This pair look better than the remainder with experience so Jessica Harrington's Our Duke and Sandra Hughes' Pauplewel, both bred to be useful jumpers, may prove more of a threat.
Avenir D'Une Vie (FR) Lavirco gelding out of Par Bonheur.
De Plotting Shed (IRE) 6-4 (12-2) Tr ldrs, gng well 3out, smooth prog to disp gng v well 2out & fell, at Oldcastle 3m gd in Apr.
Our Duke (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Good Thyne Jenny.
Pauplewel (FR) Kaldounevees gelding out of Miss Irish.
Rise Of An Empire (IRE) 5-4 (11-9) Ld/disp, sl adv 1/2way, disp bef 2out, hdd appr straight, ko to line, lst 2nd cl home, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Our Robin (11-9) at Quakerstown 3m mdn gd in Apr.
River Patrole (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Held up towards rear and kept wide, no impression over 3f out, 10th of 11, dist behind Goldboy (12-0) at Clonmel 2m 4f sft in Oct.
Sandycove Island (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Led at slow pace early, close up, still close up in 3rd from 3f out, no impression and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Tuzo (12-0) at Wexford 2m Yielding in Oct.
All In The Head (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Mid-division, progress into 6th 4f out, ridden in 7th 3f out, no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 9 3/4l behind Cashelard Lady (11-9) at Wexford 2m gd in Oct.
Tell Me This 25-1 (12-0) Raced 6th, 7th halfway, no impression, detached over 3f out,kept on same pace, tailed off, 7th of 10, dist behind Volvalien (12-0) at Listowel 2m sft in Sep.